Playing with somethings new.. Mix Media, Resins, Silicon Molds and Woodburning

Some of you already know from the Facebook etc. that I have been playing around with  some new craft projects lately. Some of these are things I haven’t done in years… and really wanted to  get back into and share  with my son.  He is a little too young right now to be doing these crafts himself, but I see the look in his eye when he is “helping” mommy and I can tell he is itching to be able to do some himself.

I try and  make sure that a lot of my projects are things he can participate in…  even  at this age because as some of you know, I plan to homeschool him and creativity is a huge part of learning in this house.

So what have we been up to…. lots of experimenting…. as always haha.  Let’s just say  this mommy really should learn to wear latex gloves .. job hunting when your fingers look like Darth Maul… probably not the best idea haha.  I just get engrossed in what I am doing and I am not the most diligently prepared crafter haha..I like to spend my time being creative, not getting ready to create… but at least  have stopped crafting in my good clothes… there is hope for me yet!!!


One of the things we like to do is incorporate lots of different media, techniques and ideas into one project… boy do we !! lol  so lately we have been playing with resins, and woodburning.

 

We’ll be using these various project ideas and techniques throughout the coming year.. so be sure to subscribe if this is something you have wanted to try, or if you are a mix media artist who loves to decorate boxes, create unique artwork and wall hangings… this is going to be a lot of fun.





I picked up a woodburning iron last year and haven’t had as much time as I would have liked…. till now to actually play with it and get in some practice.  Now I get asked all the time, did you freehand that… NO… I cold only wish I was that artistic.  So I know there are others out there who would love to be able to do  projects like this, but feel  that they don’t have the artistic skills needed.. WRONG …. you just need to think outside of the box … a really nice wooden box…or blank, or frame… or anything else you fancy having a go at.



 


I was going to hold off on this post for a while till I had some full step by step projects to share….. but when I ran across this company Rockler Woodworking and Hardware doing a Google search for Branding Iron alphabets… I had to…. not only sign up for their  affiliate program, but I also found they do have a store near us and do classes and demo’s.. so you just know I am going to have to go check that out.


Now this company is mostly aimed at Woodcrafters.. which makes me drool since I no longer have any of the tools I used to have back in the UK… * sigh… BUT.. they also have a lot of cool products that are perfect for crafters  like me…and that is why I am sharing this with you all.


They carry a range  of Woodburning kits, including the alphabet irons I was looking for…. woot !!  these alphabet  sets thread into the iron just the same as regular tips.

 


 

They also have this gorgeous range of wood dyes that look perfect for an upcoming project next year.  You may have seen the burnt and inked blanks already… I am dying to try these out for that technique. I have a few wooden boxes  waiting to be  played with that would be perfect for this.


So stay tuned for some fun and projects and tutorials  early next year… maybe even a  video or two or 100 lol

 

 

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Marvelous Molds Coupon Code

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That’s right they have a deal on right now.

Check out some of the gorgeous molds available for sugar crafting, polymer clays, resins and allsorts of cool crafty projects.

 

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Mixing it up a lil’ with some fun new cut files.

Well there was a bit of everything in today’s crafty fun… Magnets, resin, Velvet paper, stickers, cut files, glue, enamel dots…and some window cling.  Not too bad for someone who hasn’t crafted for a while lol.

I was having fun with some new CUP files. These cut files make great backgrounds  and stencils for allsorts of projects.

Lizzie Mayne’s  Gears & Cogs Frame Card  …starting off with Captain Locke by KennyK, she’s a digital coloring I did  a while back  printed and mounted on silver foil paper and then a Cohas Magnetic Sheet cut  on the Cricut. I only used the front portion of the card file… but this comes in square and rectangle as full card files.

Lizzie Mayne – Cornish Grid 3. I had a lot of fun with this Black on Black project..Cohas Magnet Sheet, Black SEI Velvet paper, Black glitter resin Skull and some Black Gina Marie Designs enamel dots.  Nothing like mixing it up a lil’ haha.. but a pain in the hoo ha to photograph an all black project with various finishes haha


Lizzie Mayne – Dhalia Flower Mat Layer Stencil. This one was fun..I cut just one of the  3 layers in this cut file using  that fab velvet paper. Mounted it on card, then colored it with Zig Clean Color pens and a touch of Chameleon Pens.  I cut that out and sliced it in half …stuck it on this plain black envelope and then stamped some fun typewriter and text stamps in a faded white ink.
Just a fun way to decorate envelopes if you are sending a hand written letter, or just need an envelope and don’t want to be bo-ring!

Lizzie Mayne  –  Brick Wave Matt Layer Stencil.  Such a fun card to make.. it’s the perfect kinda project to do with the kids, or grandkids High contrast, super fast, super easy… cut file, some glue, envelope and a card and some fun stickers… and voila.. one High contrast cute card ready to go.  Makes a fun  card for any occasion.


Judith Henry- Lattice Hearts Embellishments. I cut this heart in Cricut Window vinyl and will be putting it on my new car… this is just one of the hearts included in the cut file.  I love how well this vinyl cuts on intricate designs and fine lines.

 

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Bargain Hunting on Ebay again

I was taking a break and perusing Ebay again looking for some bargain deals for me and the  little guy to add to our wishlist… and ran across these goodies, so thought I would share them for  anyone interested.  A lot of these are from overseas sellers, so expect a wait  to get your goodies.  There were  so may great finds added to our wish list, but here are just a few of them.

Embossing Folders by  seller 15oceaneshop

There are a lot of fun new designs to choose from and I didn’t see anything priced over $2 in this batch.  Great way to pick up a bunch of designs if you are new to embossing, or if you just want to bump up your design stash.

I particularly like this one… no surprise there really since  I love the Steampunk and vintage stuff so much.  Some of you may remember my adventures in Playdoh a while back… I love embossing folders like this… they make great image presses for Playdoh or Polymer Clay projects too.  I am very into  multifunctional crafts lol… I like to get my moneys worth out of things we buy… so if I can find more than just the traditional purpose for them.. all the better  🙂

Clock embossing folder

Talking of Multifunctional… I love Silicon molds,  these are  great for  icing and confectionary of course, as most are intended.  BUT … they are also great for Plaster of Paris, Polymer Clay and Embedding Resin projects.  Someone asked me once if they could be used for Paper clay projects.. I still don’t have an answer to that one.. but I am probably gonna try it one day  LOL.

I found a bunch of cool molds that would be  fun to play with…. these particular ones were listed by homesale_sky and  this is just a handful of the really cool molds that caught my eye.  These would be great for decorating mix media, upcycled projects or jewelry making.

I also found some really cool metal dies which are definitely going on  my wish list…

3D bridge

Bubbles/ circles
Our Ebay wish list is growing …. lol.

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Adventures in Resin

Some of you may have heard me mention earlier in the year that I had wanted to get some more embedding resin, I haven’t had any in years and its a fun thing to do.  Well I got some a few months back and  we had a quick play with it just to get a refresher for mommy  and make sure I had molds that would work  and a good mix ratio.

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Well instead of buying specific embedding resin molds, I decided to have a play with some of the silicon baking and confectionery molds. I thought they might be easier for the little guy to unload than the traditional stiff molds… plus if I am honest I have had my eye on molds from one of my affiliates Marvelous Molds for a while… and for this purpose too lol. Even though they are technically designed for cake decorators, they do work for other crafts…. so I figured if the cheap ones worked… these fancy molds  from Marvelous molds are sure to work.  If you missed my previous post about these molds, you can find it here Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more .  I stumbled across this one day when I was doing updated links and had to  sign up, they have such fab designs and these molds will work for so many different craft materials… not just cake making.

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I had forgotten how much fun embedding resin can be… we decided to start  off simple so me and  lil Man D  mixed up a batch… I say we..when I really mean me.  He got to choose the  stuff that went in it though…  and we ended up with some Oceanic type glitter.  It’s very hard to photograph… but looks really cool.. think mermaids..or fishies.

And we picked out one of the molds… yeah can you tell who picked this one?  lol.  It’s a really cool little jigsaw puzzle mold which I think we will be using quite a lot.  Wait till you see all the other fun silicon  molds we have waiting to get played with… it’s going to be so much fun seeing what the little guy comes up with as far as ideas on objects to embed.

If you have never tried embedding resin, it’s definitely something to add to  your list.  My personal preference is resin from a company in Cali, called Tap Plastics. But if you just want to get something NOW and have a play, you can also find embedding resin and the necessary Catalyst.. I say NECESSARY as sometimes people do not realize you have to buy a catalyst too…at Michaels as well as some very affordable silicon molds in the cake and candy making section.

anywho… just a quick teaser of things to come .. Here are our glitzy Jigsaw shapes that will be getting turned into key rings and such and sent out or abandoned as part of our abandoned art  projects.

 

I got really lucky a while back and found something in clearance at Michaels that made my day.. would you believe I found a silicon mold for making ..BANGLES.  Can’t wait to try that one out with the little guy too.

I also spotted this one online, but haven’t found it in store yet so I may have to order this one for him.  My son is a huge Lego fan, so this would be great for our resin and plaster projects.












…and we did grab a  set of these square molds too.. a large 6 mold set with 3 inch squares and a set of 12 1.5 inch squares.

To be honest there were so many cool molds and even though they were on offer, we had to be good.   So the lil man picked out the ones he wanted and mommy will get the ones she wants later.







Now we just have to decide what to put in them… sadly I don’t have what I really wanted to use any more.  Last time I played with resin I had a brand of shrinky dink that if baked just right and you caught it before it bonded together… the top surface would separate from the base leaving this clear printed layer and it was perfect for embedding printed designs seamlessly.  The shrinky dink I have now is different.  But I have other ideas to experiment with  that I didn’t get to try last time I had resin… so I am not going to be  short of fun things to try with the lil man.

Between the huge plaster of paris bucket and the embedding resin and all these fun molds.. I think the lil man and I will have plenty of fun projects ahead.  He just started to experiment with mix media projects… and this is perfect for those and all the fun Steampunk projects I like to do… so many possibilities!! so many unique embellishments to be had!



Marvelous Molds – Silicone Mold Sale & 25% coupon

I know some of you caught my last post about the new Silicone Molds I found…. well if you wanted to try them..NOW is the time.  I just got an alert that there is a 25% discount, free shipping on orders over $50 …..AND some designs are on sale.

These are the silicone molds designed for cake decorating with fondants and marzipan AND other crafts, like Plaster of Paris, polymer clay, resin etc.  SO if you love to upcycle, mixed media, make altered art and create with ephemera. this might be of interest.  This is not just about decorating wedding cakes anymore… they carry a variety of designs from lace, texture, flowers, sea shells and ribbons.. all the way to boats, fish, and skulls. mm_sale_banner

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Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more

Some of you may have heard me  talking about a desire to start working with resin again.. and you may have already seen Playdoh projects and the like on here in the past.  I was so excited to accidentally stumble across this site when I was updating affiliate info on the blog.  CHECK these out…..

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Now these are  Food Grade Silicone molds…. but they can  be used for plaster, soap, wax and a bunch more crafting  media.  They can withstand 400 degree heat, so work with allsorts of materials.

One of the really cool features of these molds that I liked a lot was the cutting edge built in to the design and the wide array of designs and texture plates available, which would be great for my playdoh, polymer and plaster projects.  If you enjoy crafting with 3D embellishments…  check these out.  I know a bunch of you do mixed media pieces and upcycle and re purpose pieces in a variety of media.

I picked out a few of my personal favorites to show you, but you really have to go check them out for yourself.  Whether you are a cake decorator… and we have a few of you ladies too in my various Facebook Groups and contacts, or you are a mixed media artist, jewelry maker, modeler or whatever…. these are definitely worth a look.
As soon as I have some spare  money, hopefully after Christmas…. I’m grabbing some of these and a new supply of Tap Plastics resin.  Woot… so excited to find really cool molds  to play with.

The video on the page I am linking to is worth a watch even if you aren’t a cake decorator… it  has some useful information and tips on it that apply to any use.

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